Painting inspires children’s dance at gallery

Children performed a traditional African dance at Norwich Castle museum and art gallery as part of an art education programme for primary school pupils.

More than 30 youngsters from Stalham Junior School performed the dance as part of the Take One scheme, adapted from a successful programme run by the National Gallery.

Children focus on one painting from the museum's collection to inspire cross-curricular work.

The Stalham youngsters, aged eight, nine and 10, pictured, took their cue from an African slave depicted in the painting The Paston Treasure, which dates back to the 1670s.

They researched traditional African dances and came up with their own version, which they performed for parents, teachers and other onlookers.

'It's pretty special and so nice for them to come and be on show and be recognised for the work they have done,' said their teacher, Vicky Musgrave.

Other pupils made artwork and wrote poems inspired by the painting.

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Work from 12 other schools, also inspired by paintings, is also on display at the gallery in an exhibition called Through the Eyes of a Child, which runs until Sunday, November 28.

photo: bill smith